My Personal Conviction: Bye Bye Fast Fashion
The title says it all so don’t even start with me girl
OK, here I go.
For starters, I love fashion, but I hate fast fashion.
Sure it would be nice to get a $6 shirt and not have to worry about the sweat shop workers that produced it… BUT I’m not that person. I have always heard growing up about crazy conditions people in foreign countries have had (and still are having) to experience, but it never occurred to me that I was just as guilty taking part in their pain. Instead of saving my money for a fashion (that might be a bit more expensive) made in a small factory by careful designers, by hand, or in ethical working conditions, I am in the sinking ship just like most Americans.
It wasn’t until recently however, that I decided to dig into some research. When I received my second haul order from Zara, I was very disappointed. The pair of pants I ordered were split in the butt crack, and my t-shirt was torn on the side. Thanks to their return policy, I was able to ship it back without a problem. But… did my problems disappear with one click of the return button? This is where I started to sink. I took a quick look at the label, and realized that it was made in a country who has one of the highest rate of sweatshops. Sure, the workers need money to survive… but does it have to be in the sickening or even deadly conditions that 99% of them are currently in? How will we show the owners of those industries that inhumane treatment is unacceptable? By buying more of their clothing and eating our strawberry macaroons (they suck btw. I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie gal) around a fire singing Kumbaya My Lord?!
Short answer: nope. Long answer: we stop supporting fast fashion completely. As much as that cute top might be for a steal of $5… something doesn’t sit right with me thinking about that mother working all day long with bleeding hands, packaging some stupid box in a 100 degree metal warehouse getting yelled at by some gross dude with a comb-over only to get paid a freaking penny.
Now I know its “unreasonable” to ask everyone to stop buying fast fashion. This is just my rant, my views, my opinions, and my journey in life to make a difference. Bringing this to others awareness is just a minor step in what I am going to do about the deplorable situations that occur daily in the fashion industry. So yes, those shoes were totally cute. The shirts too. However, when I realized how cheaply made that pair of pants were, and that torn t-shirt… It got me to realize how much power we truly have as citizens in a society that has so many choices and such little time. Now of course Zara has grown since its start and has now become more “ethical” but i’ll leave that one up for grabs. This is not a dab at Zara (that return policy was needed for such bad quality), but this is only to inform and educate those who (like myself) were not #woketh to the problems of today in the world of fashion.
My goal from here on out is to stop supporting fast fashion.
Know more about who I purchase my clothes from (and anything else for that matter).
Find out where exactly my fashion is made
Who its made by. Is it a small factory, does the company actively support their employees, is it hand-made by an artisan (this is a great resource on Artisan craft HERE that provides to luxury brands) is it made by a craftsmxn, check out local Indigenous artists like Jamie Okuma, or Kotah Bear, true African fashion made by hand such as Grass-Fields.
Oh, and if you find another dang advertisement from an overly promoted brand on Instagram (you know who that is *coughs loudly*) just keep scrolling. Head on over to your fave artisan, and give her/him some love $$$. Not only is it supporting people in community, but the quality will last forever.
More resources to check out:
Other than Zara
Artisan and Ethical
What is Fast Fashion?
Oh, and if you still don’t understand why you do what you do in the first place because of your privilege which comes from years of living in a bubble:
Check out this chicka named Dr. Kiona and her website https://hownottotravellikeabasicbitch.com/
*this article was not sponsored by anybody. NOBODY. I wrote this on my free time because I felt like it. The following links are not paid for or affiliated by any means. This article was just a product of my pissed off attitude towards sweatshops and my emotional labor being put to good use.